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The Kingston Recordings 1951-1958 Jamaica - Mento 1951-1958 FA5275 2CD
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Format2 Audio CD
Ordering NumberFA5275
labelFremeaux & Associes
Release date01/04/2015

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      Back in 1956, Harry Belafonte brought several mentos to the world's attention, calling them calypsos because the word was much in fashion. You can hear authentic versions of seven of those hits here, in this exquisite anthology with a detailed introduction by Bruno Blum: his notes reveal mento’s varying forms, from work-songs and rural mentos to more urban varieties, and songs with gospel and jazz influences (by Lord Fly, Winston Gaynair, Bertie King, Ernest Ranglin…). Lying at the heart of the real roots of reggae, neglected and impossibly hard to find for over half a century, this is Jamaica's original popular music. Its excellent seminal recordings are now revealed in these 36 titles accompanied by a 44-page booklet. Patrick FRÉMEAUX

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      CD 1
      • 1.Louise BennettDay Dah Light01:27
      • 2.Hubert PorterNot Me02:55
      • 3.Ben Bowers With The Baba Motta OrchestraBrown Skin Girl02:09
      • 4.Louise BennettHosanna00:56
      • 5.Hubert PorterIron Bar, Mas Charley Bell02:51
      • 6.Lord FleaSolas Market, Water Come a Mi Eye03:19
      • 7.Lord FleaDonkey Bray02:16
      • 8.Lord Fly With Dan Williams OrchestraDonkey City02:52
      • 9.Laurel AitkenNebuchadnezzar02:35
      • 10.Count Lasher's SevenMango Time02:56
      • 11.Harold Richardson With The TicklersDon't Fence Her In03:19
      • 12.Lord Messam & His CalypsoniansTake Her to Jamaica03:08
      • 13.Boysie Grant & Reynold’s Calypso Clipper?Noisy Spring03:13
      • 14.Count LasherIsland Gal Sally03:09
      • 15.The WigglersLinstead Market and Day O03:00
      • 16.Cecil Knott And His Joybell OrchestraBanana02:25
      • 17.Chin's Calypso SextetWoman Style02:32
      • 18.Lord Flea With The Blue Mountain CaroleersIrene and Yo'fr'en03:20
      • Total:48:22
      CD 2
      • 1.The Wrigglers Feat Ernest RanglinDon't Touch Me Tomato03:15
      • 2.The Wrigglers Feat Ernest RanglinCalypso Medley: Solas Market / Water Come A Mi Eye03:39
      • 3.Lord Flea And His CalypsoniansMagic Composer02:17
      • 4.Lord Fly With Dan Williams OrchestraDonkey City (Instrumental)02:39
      • 5.Baba Motta & His OrchestraJamaica Talk02:41
      • 6.Hubert PorterOld Lady You Mash Me Toe02:50
      • 7.Count Lasher With George Moxey & His Calypso QuintetThe Ole Man's Drive03:07
      • 8.Count Lasher's SevenBreadfruit Season03:06
      • 9.Lord FleaIt All Began With Adam And Eve02:39
      • 10.The Wrigglers Feat Ernest RanglinLimbo02:11
      • 11.The Wrigglers Feat Ernest RanglinMary Ann02:38
      • 12.Hubert Porter With The Tower IslandersBargie03:15
      • 13.Count LasherDoctor03:10
      • 14.The WrigglersBiggest Maracas02:04
      • 15.Count LasherPerseverance02:30
      • 16.Chin's Calypso SextetNight Food Recipe03:09
      • 17.Count LasherCalypso Cha Cha03:00
      • 18.Laurel AitkenSweet Chariot03:22
      • Total:51:32